Print off this coloring page for your kids or send the link to parents to print at home!
Download this free Spark Studios VBS 2022 coloring page! Tag @lifewayVBS on Instagram if you post your final creation.
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Download and print out these fun bookmarks from The Gospel Project.
By Alyssa Jones
As summer winds to a close and your family prepares for a new school year, create opportunities to intentionally engage your kids. Whether you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes, you can make your time together count. Here are four activities to make memories with your kids and spark spiritual conversations.
Babies and Toddlers: Sing a Bible story song
Sing to the tune of “London Bridge Is Falling Down” :
“Is there anything God can’t do*, God can’t do, God can’t do? Is there anything God can’t do? God can do anything!”
*Substitute “God can save His people” in subsequent rounds.
Read it: Exodus 2:1-3,5-6,10
Think about it: Who did God use to rescue His people from Egypt? Who did God send to rescue us from sin?
Preschool: Take a dip
Fill a wading pool with water or complete this activity at bath time. Provide people figures and encourage kids to dip the figures into the water as you count together to seven. If your kids are comfortable in the water, let them dip their faces into the water and blow bubbles.
Read it: Read aloud 2 Kings 5:1,10,14-15.
Think about it: Who made our bodies and can heal them? How can we take care of our bodies? Why do you think God wants us to take care of ourselves?
Younger Kids: Servant relay
Position a chair across the room from your child. Give your child a serving tray with five empty plastic cups. Explain that when you say go, she should carry the tray to the other side of the room, around the chair, and back. Then she will pass the tray to a family member who will do the same. Continue for each family member. If the cups fall off the tray, the player must stop and reposition them before continuing. For an added challenge, put silverware on the chair for the player to add to her tray as she passes by. How quickly can kids move the tray without losing the cups?
Read it: Read aloud or choose a kid to read Isaiah 53:1-6.
Think about it: What does it mean to be a servant? How was Jesus a servant on earth? How can we serve others?
Older Kids: Four corners obstacle course
Create an indoor obstacle course by using tape to mark a path through the room. Use chairs or furniture as obstacles for kids to go around, under, or over.
Guide two to four family members to hold the corners of a small towel or floor mat and balance a foam ball in the center of each mat.
Challenge family members to transport the ball through the obstacle course without letting go of the mat. If the ball rolls off the mat, players should start over.
Read it: Read aloud or choose a kid to read Matthew 9:1-8.
Think about it: What did the paralyzed man need? What did Jesus give him? How can we receive forgiveness from God?
Alyssa Jones worships and serves with her husband at Refuge Franklin, a church plant outside of Nashville, Tennessee. They have three children.
Churches throughout the Southern Baptist Convention will celebrate children’s ministry (ages birth—preteen) on Sunday, July 18, 2021. This is a great day to thank God for the ministry your church provides to kids, their families, and volunteers. Use this day to remind kids of their importance to the church and to honor kids ministry volunteers who invest in the lives of kids and their families. Recognize and honor kids ministry volunteers who invest in the lives of children and their families.
Here are some ways to celebrate Children’s Ministry Day in your church:
- Appreciate volunteers by using the downloadable ideas provided.
- Enlist a kid, volunteer, or family to share a testimony in the Sunday service.
- Include kids in opportunities to serve in church such as reading Scripture, praying, etc.
- Lead a parenting class using the resource Settle for Nothing Less (virtually or in person).
- Recognize events that have taken place during the summer such as VBS and camp. Share with the church how these events fit into the overall strategy of your children’s ministry to share the gospel with kids.
- Create and share a video highlighting the different parts of kids ministry.
- Recognize how kids, their families, and teachers ministered to others in the church and community during the last year.
- Remind parents of ways the children’s ministry continues to provide resources and curriculum for their children (in person or digitally).
- Use the provided object lesson and sermon outline in church services.
Download and print these fun coloring sheets to get kids (and adults!) excited about VBS! This is also a great activity for families to do at home. You can share this download link with parents via email or social media.